Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that although St. Vincent explores the unlikely -- and quite charming -- friendship between a crabby, rough-around-the-edges man named Vincent (Bill Murray) and his new neighbor, a kid named Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), it's not entirely heartwarming or kid-friendly. Vincent is an imperfect, maddening man who often swears ("s--t," "a--hole," etc., plus a use of "f--k") in front of Oliver, takes him to places unsuitable for kids (a bar, for one), and generally tests the bounds of conventional childcare. Expect plenty of scenes in which characters smoke, drink to excess (sometimes driving while impaired), and have sex (viewers don't see much beyond a woman in her underwear sitting atop a guy). There's also a scuffle between kids that ends in a bloody nose, and loan sharks who want to rough someone up. Oliver's parents are bitterly divorced.
A pregnant prostitute is shown sitting atop a client; she's only wearing a bra and underwear. It's implied that they're having sex, but no sensitive body parts are revealed.
Loan sharks get ready to rough up a client who owes more than he can ever pay. A grown man teaches a boy how to physically confront his bullies, tips that the boy later puts to use, yielding a bloody nose.
Fairly frequent language includes "s--t," "hell," "a--hole," "dips--t," and a use of "f--k." A woman refers to a disabled person as "retard."
Don't judge a book by its cover, there are saints all around us, and redemption is available to anyone whenever they're ready.
Many visible products/brands, including JC Penny, BMW, Payless, Facebook, Amstel beer, and more.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A man is intoxicated a lot, sometimes in the company of the kid he's babysitting. He takes the kid to a bar, and he sometimes drives while he's got a buzz on -- which he's unapologetic about. He smokes like the proverbial chimney and won't quit.